Steve Bruce takes positives from Chelsea defeat as Newcastle fans fume at boss

Chelsea cruised to the top of the Premier League this afternoon, easing beyond Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

But Steve Bruce is choosing to ignore the furore on social media, as disgruntled supporters vented their fury towards the Magpies boss.

Newcastle enjoyed just 29 per cent of the game’s possession and completed 284 passes to Chelsea’s 745.

The lack of attacking football on display this term has left fans in the north east irritated as they watch on from the comfort of their homes – and once again, social media was ablaze throughout the tie this afternoon, after another lacklustre performance going forward.

But Bruce saw positives from the second period, and is convinced fans have got it wrong with their armchairs.

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“I just thought our best spell in the game was when we conceded the second,” he told BT Sport.

“They had possession and had a big chance after that. We had one or two opportunities but didn’t take them.

“Maybe in the first half we were a little too deep at times.

“They’re a very, very good side and like I said, when you go high up the pitch they can really hurt you.

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“There will always be grumbles. We had some important players missing. But Chelsea are a very good team.

“Second half there were one or two details. We had three good opportunities, and against the big teams, you’ve got to take them.”

The Premier League table doesn’t look too bad for Newcastle fans, with the Tyneside outfit sat in 13th place, just six points off a top-four spot.

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